Monday, May 3, 2010

Just Checking In...

Sorry I've been MIA for a little bit. What have I been up to?

I'm S-T-R-E-S-S-E-D! Some changes have taken place at the job, and in addition to being super busy, I'm nervous to see how it will all shake out in the end. I also do some freelance work, which has added extra pressure. And, there have been, and will be for the next month or so, lots of personal obligations to keep me on the run. My refrigerator also still cools (thankfully) but makes the most horrible sound while it's running. The good news was that the building manager showed up to take care of it fairly quickly. The bad news is that due to the recent energy rebates, Lowes can't deliver it until this Thursday. It's so loud around here I can barely think. I can only imagine what the neighbors think.

For me, stress usually translates into eating badly. I'm trying to hold it in check I swear, but I've definitely been eating more than usual and craving the usual suspects of ice cream, candy, and the like. I've come to the conclusion that I need to be drinking more water, but I'm having a really hard time choosing H2O over the caffeinated drinks these days.

I've also been struggling with motivation. My official marathon training program doesn't start until June, which is great considering all the stuff I have going on in the month of May. I'm using this time to get used to running 4 days a week and being able to strength train after two of the shorter runs like I will be doing when training starts. But, it also leaves me feeling at loose ends. I like having a goal in mind. It makes every run or strength session feel like it has a purpose (b/c I guess being healthy isn't enough of a purpose??). I've still been doing the workouts, especially with all the guilt about the bad foods I've been consuming, but I haven't been feeling inspired. Maybe I need to sign up for a 5k or something...

Anyway, excuse the downer post...I prefer to think of it as being real. It's normal to get worn down by the journey sometimes, right? The important part is figuring out how to snap out of it. That's what I'm working on now.

What works for you when you need to snap out of a workout funk?
Any tips for increasing water intake during the day?


  1. just get out on those daily runs and enjoy them. Run them for fun. By the time your official program starts you will be out of the funk

  2. Take it easy on yourself, don't beat yourself up. Get in workouts when you can, be smart with eating when you can and be ready to hit it hard when life returns to normal.